Wagmatcook Commercial Fishing

    Wagmatcook’s Commercial Fishing division is the most important own source revenue business for the community. Commercial fishing is managed by the Commercial Fisheries Manager in collaboration with other senior managers to ensure the effective and efficient operations of the various fishing ventures.

    Wagmatcook conducts commercial fishing activities in both the Scotia-Fundy and Gulf regions with crews operating out of seven ports. Wagmatcook holds fishing licences for snow crab, lobster, ground fish, and tuna. Wagmatcook community members receive mandatory training prior to being hired and assigned to a community owned vessel. The Commercial Fishing fleet includes six lobster boats, one ground fishing dragger, and a few lease hold vessels.

    Commercial fishing also employs community members in fish processing plants and continues to encourage community members to apply for employment opportunities throughout the expanding fishery.

    Wagmatcook Commercial Fishing ventures generates approximately 18% of the community’s total annual revenue which is used to pay for social housing, elders and youth programs, and other community benefits.

    Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre

    Wagmatcook Culture and Heritage Centre is located just 10 mins west of Baddeck, on the beautiful Bras D’or Lake Biosphere Reserve. See our booking link below for more information on Hall rentals, Boardroom rentals and catering services. You can reach us at (902)-295-2999

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    Gas Bar

    A community run convenience store and Gas Bar filled with lots of great products. The Gas Bar offers many unique products and carries a variety of seasonal offerings, with worms for fishing or a beach towel or sandals for the beach, along with many winter items. Many returning customers comment on the wide selection of products that are available. The Gas Bar has an extensive amount of grocery items available also. The Maritime Bus stops here on a daily basis for parcel and passenger pick up and drop off. Drop by and check out our Gas Bar, you will not be disappointed.

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    Hours of Operation: Daily, 7:00am – 11:00pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
    Phone Number: (902)-295-2122

    Wagmatcook Provincial Court

    Wagmatcook Provincial Court is located at 10765 Hwy 105, Wagmatcook, NS


    In 2016, Provincial Court Judge Laurie Halfpenny MacQuarrie, of Port Hawkesbury, began working collaboratively with Wagmatcook Chief Norman Bernard and We’koqma’q Chief Rod Googoo, and their councils,  to establish a community-based Court to address access to justice issues which arose because of the closure of the court in nearby Baddeck.

    After much legal research, visiting of other Indigenous Courts and input of all users, the Wagmatcook First Nation Court officially opened on National Indigenous Day , June 21, 2018.

    The Court is in the Donald Marshall Jr. Centre for Reconciliation and Justice and provides full trial and bail proceedings for residents of Wagmatcook and We’koqma’q and the County of Victoria.

    Judge Halfpenny MacQuarrie and a very dedicated team compromised of Court staff, Sheriffs, Crown Attorneys, Nova Scotia Legal Aid lawyers and defence counsel, MLSN, Probation and others have established a remarkable Wellness and Gladue Court in the Centre.  It is also home to offices for Nova Scotia legal Aid, the Public Prosecution Service, MLSN, and a court navigator and has interview rooms, a circle room, interview rooms, a lending library, sheriff’s office with two holding cells allowing for local, full-service access to justice.

    The sentencing courts are premised on decolonizing settlers’ notions of justice and instituting healing and restorative justice plans reflecting the Seven Sacred Teachings and the Medicine Wheel. This was all achieved with extensive collaboration with the Elders of both communities and the establishment of an Elders Community Justice Council.

    Post Office

    Wagmatcook Post Office is located at 10765 Hwy 105, Wagmatcook, NS
    Phone number: (902) 295-1579

    Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm

    Tobacco Shop

    Wagmatcook Smoke Shop is located at 10765 Hwy 105, Wagmatcook, NS
    Phone number: (902) 295-3340

    Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 9am-4:30pm 

    Unama’ki Security

    Community owned security team established in 2020 Security provides safety and employment options for our community members lead by Head of Security Simon Denny. Security is posted at the Wagmatcook Culture & Heritage Centre and Gas Bar on a daily basis.

    WCCTV & Bingo

    WCCTV & Bingo are located at 10765 Hwy 105, Wagmatcook, NS
    Bingo Phone number: (902) 295-2424 or (902)-295-2103

    TV Bingo takes place on channel 12 on Sunday and Wednesday starting at 7pm. Cards can be purchased at the Wagmatcook Gas Bar (Ultramar) during the week, or from 4pm-6pm at the Wagmatcook Cultural Centre on Wednesday’s & Sunday’s. 


    Under an agreement with the Nova Scotia Gaming Authority, Wagmatcook operates a number of video lottery terminals in the community. This area of own source revenue has provided employment for band members and profits are re-invested into services for community members.

    Wagmatcook Gaming is located at 10765 Hwy 105, Wagmatcook, NS
    Phone number: (902) 295-1295

    Hours of operation:
    Monday to Friday, 10am-12am
    Saturday & Sunday 12pm-12am